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Anne Arundel County Awarded More Than $1 Million to Combat Homelessness

Annapolis (January 31, 2006) - Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens announced today, Anne Arundel County will receive more than one million dollars in competitive federal funds to help house and provide services to the homeless in Anne Arundel County. The application for funds was successful due to the combined efforts of the Anne Arundel and Annapolis City Community Partnership to End Homelessness, a coalition of nonprofit and government agencies, to develop a comprehensive plan to address the needs of homeless persons within the County. A survey of the homeless completed in January 2005 found over 270 homeless persons living in the County, 45 were identified as residing on the street.

"I am delighted to know that we will be receiving funds to help address the issue of homelessness in the County," said Ms. Owens.

Increasing and maintaining the supply of permanent supportive housing for the homeless was a major priority outlined in the application and received the majority of the funding. Approximately 57 percent of the grant funds will be used to support permanent supportive housing programs. Arundel House of Hope was awarded funds for a new project, which will create a safe haven for homeless persons who face multiple barriers to housing. Other permanent supportive housing funds were awarded to the County’s Mental Health Agency to be used to continue to provide rental assistance and intensive supportive services to homeless families and individuals.

Thirty six percent of the award funds will be used to support the continued operation of the County’s transitional housing programs, including programs at Sarah’s House at Fort Meade and the Fouse Center in Glen Burnie. Finally, 7 percent of funds were awarded to programs that provide services to the homeless. Community Residences, Inc. was awarded funds to continue the operation of the Shelter Mental Health Assistance Program. This program provides assessments, advocacy, and linkages to mental health services at four of the County’s homeless programs.

"The new grant funding is vital in that it addresses the issue of finding housing for those ready to leave a shelter. Plus, it reinforces the service network that we have in place that helps prevent repeat cases of homelessness," commented Kathleen M. Koch, Executive Director of Arundel Community Development Services, Inc., the nonprofit organization charged with coordinating the program and administering the federal funds on behalf of Anne Arundel County.

For more information, contact Kathleen Koch, Executive Director, Arundel Community Development Services, Inc. at (410) 222-7600.


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